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Last Updated: 05/18/2014 16:23 PST

REVIEWED: The French Stretch Mark Removal Device That Really Works

While your well-intentioned friend may call them “tiger stripes,” you know all too well of the embarrassment and distress caused by those red lines on your thighs, stomach and breasts, better known as stretch marks.

While people get them for many reasons, its main cause is clear: A rapid stretching of the skin beyond its limits.

“Stretch marks don’t look the same on everyone,” says Annabelle Robertson, a WebMD contributor. “The appearance of stretch marks depends on the color of your skin; they can start out pink, reddish brown, brown, or dark brown, and fade over time to a more silvery color.”

For most people, its signs are crystal clear–ragged, darkened lines surrounding the areas where the skin has expanded the most. For women, this is usually the stomach (often from pregnancy) or thighs, which can cause the skin to resemble tree bark.

Not surprisingly, stretch mark removal remains one of the driving forces of the skincare market. Currently over 500 products exist that claim to treat those reddened scars, ranging from vitamin E creams to specialized treatments containing caffeine, which purportedly returns the skin to its once-youthful shape.

And now, there’s even a surgical solution, called Endermologie.

Endermologie, The Key to Stretch Marks?

To be precise, it’s not quite surgical–but the effects are so intense that some people swear it’s as good as going under the knife.

Here’s how it works: Using a machine, practitioners safely and quickly diminish the appearance of stretch marks byrolling it over the skin, which improves circulation and reduces scarring. The rolling head of thedevice secures the skin gently as it targets fat cells and collagen; in turn, its lifting mechanismincreases circulation, which helps make the scarring look less severe.

Though it sounds painful, Endermologie insists that it is completely pain free. In fact, they claimit should feel like a relaxing massage–not a surgical procedure.

“Although they are intense, ENDERMOLOGIE Body and Face should never hurt,” says Endermologie. “Instead, during and after the session, you have a true sense of well-being! If the session is painful, the setting is incorrect.”

It’s not just great for stretch marks either, claim the makers of Endermologie. It can also treat–and then eliminate–another common skin problem most women face: cellulite. While one session may be enough to treat both of these ailments, they recommend multiple sessions in order to completely zap your skin woes away.

Just be prepared to pay up: 10 sessions can cost anywhere from $600 to well over $1,000.

Would You Try It?

While stretch mark removal creams, ointments, and gels offer gradual removal of scars, sometimes it just doesn’t work. In lieu of creams, now Endermologie may be the best solution for women who wish to have youthful, clear skin once more–but at what cost? While topical treatments aren’t likely to work as fast, at least it won’t cost you nearly $1,000 to treat.


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